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808 students write To SC, protesting CBSE’s decision to conduct compartment examination amid COVID 19

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New Delhi: The All India Students Association has written a letter petition addressed to the Chief Justice S. A. Bobde against the CBSE’s decision to hold compartment examination amid the COVID 19 pandemic.

A total of 808 students are signatories of this letter petition which states that to the utter shock of the applicants around 1,50,198 students from class X and around 87,651 students from class XII were placed in the category of compartment full subject by the CBSE.

The petitioners have further submitted that the decision to conduct the compartment exam is in sheer violation of the Right to Health which is part of Right to Life enshrined in the Constitution of India, as it fails to consider the principles of health, safety, fair and equal opportunity for students.

The petitioners have further pointed out “that in view of unprecedented health emergency and rising numbers of the COVID 19 cases in the country, the conduct of compartment examination will expose the examinees to a great risk and will undeniably sacrifice basic principle of integrity by neglecting equal basis and treatment to all examinees.

It has also been submitted that the conduct of compartment examination will also expose lacs of students across the country to the exponential risk of being exposed to the virus.

Moreover, the suggested model is adversely affecting the future of lakhs of students, as many colleges have already announced the admission closure dates. Further, online classes for many students who have been promoted from class X and XII, have already started, which is adversely affecting the students who are stranded with no certainty regarding completion of their examination.

The petitioners have submitted that the decision taken by CBSE is itself flawed and is in complete disregard to the MHA guidelines of July 29.

The petitioners have thus urged the court to look at the grave urgency and criticality of the matter and take suo moto cognizance of the matter and keep the decision of the CBSE to conduct compartment examinations in abeyance until the situation normalizes.

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The petitioners have also prayed for alternatives system of evaluation to be formulated so as to exclude possibility of discrimination, disadvantage and risk of life.

– India Legal Bureau

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